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Quickie Question

All right, masses.  Riddle me this.  Can you think of a single picture book or middle grade novel that discusses, shows, or features a bris? 

Review of the Day: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown


The Curious Garden By Peter Brown Little, Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-01547-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. They say that children’s books are inherently didactic. Particularly those of the picture book variety. There’s an idea that you can’t tell a story to a child without including some of your own personal values in the […]

Video Sunday: The Dans Have It

Well, sure.  I knew that there was a running series of Book Vs. Kindle YouTube videos out there.  But my interest really wasn’t peaked until Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket was tapped.  Dude’s good, you have to grant him that.  Pity they had to cast his part with Jude Law in the cinematic version of […]

Fusenews: We have an opening, for a princess

All right, all right.  Let me see if I have this straight.  There was once an entire blog out there dedicated entirely to the notion of animals of different species acting like friends?  In the light of books like Owen and Mzee and the like, it’s a pity it’s now defunct.  Could have yielded many […]

Review of the Day: Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Dragonbreath By Ursula Vernon Dial (a member of Penguin Group) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3363-3 Ages 7-11 On shelves now. Blame Babymouse. Why not? Babymouse, for those of you unfamiliar with the series, is the hot pink infused graphic novel sensation that has boys and girls alike wrapped tightly up in the times and trials of a […]

My Husband, the Superman

Surprising as it may be to hear, I actually don’t tend to divulge much personal information on this blog.  So when my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the beginning of this year, I decided not to make an announcement.  It’s been a tough nine months since then, but yesterday we received the official […]

Fusenews: Of Typewriter Keys and Ice Cream Trucks (and whether pigs have wings)

Before we begin, a quick thanks to everyone who turned out for Kidlit Drink Night the other evening.  At one point we had three large, separate groups all going at once.  That’s the kind of thing I like to see.  Hope y’all had a good time.  I sure did. Girl came into my library the other […]

Review of the Day: The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

The Dragon of Trelian By Michelle Knudsen Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-3455-1 Ages 9-14 On shelves now. You’re going to laugh when you hear me say this, but I’m just going to come out and ask anyway: Where did all the fantasy go? I know that in this day and age of vampires, zombies, and […]

Review Reminder: Yummy!

Just a reminder that Yummy by Lucy Cousins (reviewed here) hits bookstore shelves today.

Fusenews: Because Nothing Says "Sexy" Better Than the Words "TV Makeover"

Inspired by an old New Yorker article entitled Lives of Others, author Marc Tyler Nobleman has come up with a smart two-part piece on the very morality of writing about other people.  "So are biographers vampires, feeding not on the blood but on the feats and flaws of others? When I first read what Secrest […]

Kidlit Drink Night Reminder

Tonight at 6ish.  Sweet & Vicious.  Patio.  Sunny forecast.  Info here.

What’s the Fun of Being a Professional Blogger If You Can’t Abuse Your Power?

That’s my thinking on the matter anyway.  And, of course, by "abuse of power" I mean helping out buddies who teach third graders. Meet Megan.  Megan, aside from having a brother who works on The Leaky Cauldron, was one of my best friends in college.  Now her third grade class needs some books about other […]

Review of the Day: Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock

Bubble Homes and Fish Farts By Fiona Bayrock Illustrated by Carolyn Conahan Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-669-4 Ages 5-9 On shelves now. When someone goes about writing a non-fiction picture book for kids they have two choices before them. They can either write a book that they know will be used strictly for curriculum use, or […]

Video Sunday: The Distant Future. The Year 2000.

I had to rework everything this Sunday when I watched this amazing performance from, of all things, Ukraine’s Got Talent. Apparently this woman won the competition drawing the history of WWII from the p.o.v. of Ukraine. Not hard to see why. This is illustration at work. Thanks to Jane Yolen for the link! Zombie sock […]

Best Children’s Book to Film Adaptations

As any children’s librarian will attest, once the cinematic version of a children’s book comes out, suddenly copies of the original text begin to disappear from library shelves.  But listing terrible children’s book to film adaptations is like shooting fish in a big, slippery, slimy barrel.  How much more interesting to consider the good adaptations […]